Chickens are Friends not Food

Everyone deserves to be treated equally and have the same opportunities.  In John Lewis’s March, he uses his flashback about raising chickens as a way to show equality.  As a boy, he took care of each and every chicken.  He gave them names; he feed them; he buried them; he made them his congregation.  No one else in his family took the time to form bonds with these chickens.  They had no problem killing and eating them or selling them off for money.  The flashbacks serves to parallel the Civil Rights movement to something more tangible for the two visiting boys who did not grow up in the struggle for Civil Rights. The chickens are the black community.  John Lewis could be seen as either a black empowerer (maybe MLK) or the white community that supports freedom while his family represents the white supremacists.  His family disliked that Lewis had such a strong bond with the chickens. They did not see the need to take the time to care for the chickens like he did similarly to the way whites felt about blacks: we don’t need to waste our time on people who can’t contribute to our society.   Even though Lewis knew that these chickens weren’t like him he still treated with respect and kindness because he believed everything deserved to be treated fairly.  

Despite this Lewis has no problem eating chicken when he goes up north. So does he now represent someone against the Civil Rights?  I don’t know.  Maybe this change is to signify how the north is different and opened his eyes to a new world. Possibly it has to do with their being less noticeable racism.  Image   

Imperialism

“Go bind your sons to exile to serve your captives’ need;… half-devil and half-child.” Imperialism. An idea that every major state power observed in the late 19th century and the early 20th century. Similar to colonization, Imperialism was the search for new land to exploit the natural resources; however, in contrast to colonization, the military occupied and controlled these new areas.  As a result of this new colonization, the native peoples, who were considered weak, were put to work for these powerful states such as England, Germany, and Japan.  As Karl Marx put it Imperialism is about powerful, rich people going out to look for weak areas to dominate and invest in.  There was no real concern about the peoples already established in these areas.  Imperialism just degraded the native people by keeping them lower on the social chain while empowering the Imperialist who in the name of Social Darwinism and Moral Responsibilty claimed the land for their nation and proceeded to extract the natural resources. 

 

As a visual artifact I plan on using the prezi collage I made a couple of weeks ago, with a few changes.  The colors will be dark, for example, black and white photos.   A few spots of color(red, orange) to engage the eye.  I hope that I can play around with spinning the pictures to emphasize that Imperialism was all around the world and that natives turned around their culture to try to please the invading power.  Pictures/political cartoons are the best way to show the realities of Imperialism.  While pictures may show a distortion of what actually happened, they still provide a feeling of injustice to the viewer.